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Daesh is finished in Mosul: Iraqi general

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Daesh is finished in Mosul: Iraqi general

- MOSUL — The battle to take full control of Mosul from the Daesh will be over in a few days and an attempted fightback by the militants failed, an Iraqi general told Reuters on Monday. “Only a small part remains in the city, specifically the Old City,” said Lieutenant-General Abdul Ghani Al Assadi, commander of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) elite units in Mosul

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Iraqi forces set sight on Old City riverside, PM sees Mosul victory soon

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Iraqi forces set sight on Old City riverside, PM sees Mosul victory soon

- MOSUL, Iraq: Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto capital, and Iraq's prime minister predicted victory very soon. Iraqi forces, battling up to 350 militants dug in among civilians in the Old City, said federal police had dislodged IS insurgents from the Ziwani mosque and were only a few days away from ousting militants completely from the Old City

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Judge suspends all Iraqi deportations in US for 2 weeks

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Judge suspends all Iraqi deportations in US for 2 weeks

- DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge on Monday temporarily suspended the deportation of 1,400 Iraqi nationals in the U.S. while he determines whether his court is the proper place to consider their fears of physical harm if they're kicked out of the country. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith took a decision from last week, affecting 114 mostly Iraqi Christians rounded up in the Detroit area, and stretched it across the U

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ABQ man facing deportation to Iraq gets delay

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ABQ man facing deportation to Iraq gets delay

- .... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man received at least one more day of freedom today when the Iraqi refugee and hundreds of supporters showed up for a required appearance with federal immigration officials and was told that his appointment had been cancelled for the day

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Judge considering national freeze on Iraqi deportations

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Judge considering national freeze on Iraqi deportations

- By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT (AP) - Lawyers for Detroit-area Iraqi nationals who fear they could be tortured or killed if they're kicked out of the U.S. asked a judge on Monday to extend his freeze on their deportations to all Iraqis who have been ordered to leave the country. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments but didn't immediately rule on the matter

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Endgame in Mosul: Iraqi forces storm the Islamic State-held Old City

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Endgame in Mosul: Iraqi forces storm the Islamic State-held Old City

- Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul’s Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State’s last stand there. U.S.-trained urban warfare units are leading the fight in the maze of narrow alleyways of the Old City, the last district in the hands of the Sunni Islamist insurgents

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Iraq forces push deep into devastated Old Mosul

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Iraq forces push deep into devastated Old Mosul

- Displaced civilians rescued by Iraqi security forces at Old City are pictured as they are transported aboard an armoured vehicle to an emergency clinic in western Mosul, Iraq Iraqi forces battled deep into the devastated historical heart of Mosul and closed in fast on the last pockets of militants on Sunday, eight months into an epic battle to retake the city

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Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years

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Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years

- MOSUL, Iraq - People in the Iraqi city of Mosul celebrated their first Muslim Eid holiday without Islamic State in years on Sunday after the militants were ejected from much of the city, and hoped the battle to recapture the remaining area would soon be over. Children gathered in squares on the eastern side of the city. Some played on old swings and others with toy guns and rifles, which were among the toys allowed by Islamic State militants after they took over the city in June 2014

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Two thirds of Mosul Old City retaken from IS: commander

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Two thirds of Mosul Old City retaken from IS: commander

- Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi forces have retaken two thirds of old Mosul, a week after launching an offensive against the Islamic State group's last bastion in the city, a senior commander said Sunday. Lieutenant Colonel Salam al-Obeidi was speaking to AFP inside the devastated Old City, about 50 metres (yards) from what is left of the "Hadba" leaning minaret the jihadists blew up four days earlier

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Canadian sniper records 3.5km kill shot in Iraq

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Canadian sniper records 3.5km kill shot in Iraq

- Ottawa: A Canadian sniper in Iraq killed a Daesh fighter from a distance of 3,540 metres, or almost 2.2 miles. The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command released a statement confirming that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the shot, but for security reasons did not identify the sniper or say when and where the shooting took place. The statement said only that the shot occurred in the past month, and that the task force “provides its expertise

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In Iraq's Mosul, Ghostly Civilians Emerge From Old City Hell

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In Iraq's Mosul, Ghostly Civilians Emerge From Old City Hell

- Mosul: They all say they are back from "hell". Quivering and emaciated, the civilians emerging from Mosul's Old City have survived famine but often lost relatives and sometimes their sanity. They come in small groups, dropped off by the armoured vehicles of the Iraqi security forces on dusty, deserted streets where emergency field clinics are set up. A few hundred metres away, fighting rages in the alleyways of old Mosul, where die-hard ISIS group jihadists are mounting a desperate defence of their last redoubt in the city

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Texas A&M grad, former special forces soldier, goes viral in humanitarian aid photo

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Texas A&M grad, former special forces soldier, goes viral in humanitarian aid photo

- "I love the Iraqi people," he says, "They keep growing on me." Updated 4:21 pm, Friday, June 23, 2017 A Texas A&M graduate and former special forces soldier has been seen by millions after a photo of his humanitarian efforts went viral. David Eubank works with the Free Burma Rangers, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to people in conflict zones

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If Baghdadi is dead, next ISIS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

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If Baghdadi is dead, next ISIS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

- BAGHDAD (REUTERS) – If Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein. Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but regard Iyad al-Obaidi and Ayad al-Jumaili as the leading contenders, though neither would be likely to assume Baghdadi’s title of “caliph”, or overall commander of Muslims

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Mosul’s 800-year-old Great Mosque of al-Nuri destroyed as Iraqi troops close in on ISIS

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Mosul’s 800-year-old Great Mosque of al-Nuri destroyed as Iraqi troops close in on ISIS

- MOSUL, Iraq — A loud explosion echoed in the old city of Mosul in northern Iraq on Thursday night. Iraqi troops trying to retake the city from Islamic State forces were closing on the Great Mosque of al-Nuri and suddenly they saw thick smoke rising from where the mosque stood. ISIS said the mosque was hit by a U.S.-led coalition airstrike

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Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City

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Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City

- ERBIL, Iraq: Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City on Friday, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there. U.S.-trained urban warfare units are leading the fight in the maze of narrow alleyways of the Old City, the last district in the hands of the Sunni Islamist insurgents

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Baghdadi 'close to 100% dead': Russian senator

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Baghdadi 'close to 100% dead': Russian senator

- MOSCOW: The likelihood that Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted the head of the defense committee in Russia's upper parliamentary house as saying on Friday. Russia's defense ministry said a week ago it believed it may have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of senior commanders of Daesh (the so-called Islamic State) on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa

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Islamic State destroys iconic mosque in Mosul

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Islamic State destroys iconic mosque in Mosul

- Irbil, Iraq • The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul's al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted early Thursday that the destruction was an admission by the militants that they are losing the fight for Iraq's second-largest city. "Daesh's bombing of the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri Mosque is a formal declaration of their defeat," al-Abadi said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group

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  • ABQ man facing deportation to Iraq gets delay
    ABQ man facing deportation to Iraq gets delay

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    .... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man received at least one more day of freedom today when the Iraqi refugee and hundreds of supporters showed up for a required appearance with federal immigration officials and was told that his appointment had been cancelled for the day

     

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  • Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi heads to Saudi Arabia on his Middle East tour
    Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi heads to Saudi Arabia on his Middle East tour

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    Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi headed on Monday to Saudi Arabia, the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also include Iran and Kuwait, in a diplomatic effort to foster regional reconciliation, his office said. Abadi’s visit to Saudi Arabia aims to promote reconciliation between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and majority Shi’ite Iraq and also to help heal deep and bitter divisions between Iraq’s Shi’ites and its Sunni Muslim minority

     

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  • Iran launches exporting gas to Iraq
    Iran launches exporting gas to Iraq

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    Baku, Azerbaijan, June 22 By Khalid Kazimov – Trend: Under a long awaited contract, Iran began exporting its gas to Iraq last night. Iran’s Deputy Minister of Petroleum for International Affairs and Trading Amir-Hossein Zamaninia has said that in the first phase, the country will export 7 million cubic meters of gas per day to the neighboring Iraq, IRNA reported

     

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  • Tired, traumatised Mosul mothers unable to breastfeed
    Tired, traumatised Mosul mothers unable to breastfeed

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    KHAZIR, Iraq: Wazira rocks her tiny baby pleadingly but he is inconsolable, crying for the milk his mother can neither produce herself nor buy in a camp near the Iraqi battleground city of Mosul. "He's been crying since the moment he was born. He only stops when he's so exhausted that he falls asleep," the 24-year-old Iraqi mother said, sheltering her baby Rakan from the scorching sun with a piece of white cloth

     

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  • Foreign Isil fighters now trapped as forces close in
    Foreign Isil fighters now trapped as forces close in

    , independent.ie

    Iraqi, Kurdish and Syrian forces have largely sealed the militants' former strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul, while Turkey has tried to seal its border to jihadists trying to escape. Maj Gen Rupert Jones, the British deputy commander of the international coalition fighting against Isil, said those left would be "cleared" by local forces. British intelligence officials have estimated that about 300 Britons, including women and children, remain in the extremists' territory after they travelled to join the group, which is also known as Daesh

     

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